Snapchat Hell: 4.6 Million Usernames And Phone Numbers Published

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Snapchat Hell: 4.6 Million Usernames And Phone Numbers PublishedFor the first business day of the new year, it may be best to mean business.  Especially if you are a Snapchattin’ shutterbug. Snapchat users can now use a special site to enter their username to see if they fell victim to hackers. Snapchat is an unsafe place in social media. If a person finds themselves on the list or not, unfortunately like a screenshot of a disappearing Snapchat photo, the user names and telephone numbers and the region they originate in is out there, to be expected to be exploited further by the bad guys.

On December 27th, 2013: “Snapchat Shutterbugs Beware — Security Bugs Tap The App — Bye-Bye Billion dollar Offers“. There was an implicit, urgent warning for those using Snapchat that the two security issues that had been brought to bear were severe.

As I wrote  “like an open sore, the code for the malware is public”. Later on going for the jugular,”Grubby, and underhanded. Shady”:  No quarter for Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel whom if he had accepted billions from either Facebook or Google to acquire his company would have let loose the malware demons he knew about for months and months already, to further infect the population exponentially.

As 2014 got underway, a substantially large data leak consisting of a file containing 4.6 million Snapchat phone numbers and usernames had been posted worldwide for all and sundry to view. Published to the web. That malicious site has since been suspended.

Now, a closer look at the demeanor of Snapchat’s CEO, Evan Spiegel will commence.

In that same December 27th blog post,  the devil-may-care attitude exuding from Snapchat and, in particular and certainly of much blame, CEO Evan Spiegel could be felt.

On September 9th, 2013 — CEO Evan Spiegel of Snapchat  sat for the camera being queried about Snapchat, in general. He let a few bullets fly, that in retrospect have come to haunt him.

SEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel on YouTube at TechCrunch DISRUPT SF 2013:

“Snapchat is not a great way to share photos that you want to keep safe, or secret or highly secure because the recipient can always take a screen shot. And it also turns out that people with a lot of money and time can hack into it or whatever, you know, to betray your trust. So my message is, really, you know, we can’t prevent people that are financially motivated with enough time and really want to betray your trust. Ah, we probably can’t prevent that.”

Spiegel also said, in that video — what was unrelated but that gave rise to a good idea post-haste, to “delete the things that make you feel uncomfortable”.

A word to the wise:  Delete Snapchat.

Rich Casale